Mighty Life List
Jun 29 2009

Turns Out My Fairy Godmother Wears a Clean-Suit

Attend San Francisco’s Black and White Ball.

As many of you know, about a year ago I started writing down 100 things I’d like to do before I die — peacefully, in my sleep, of extreme old age. I called it my Mighty Life List, and I wrote it because I wanted to start dreaming bigger.

Taste 1,000 Fruits.

I was embarrassed by the list’s audacity, worried some of you might think I was cheesy, or maybe overreaching if I told you my plans. That’s silly, of course, because I’ve noticed over the years that you guys are nice. You make it lovely to write here every day, and doing that has helped me realize I want to spend more time celebrating, and less time slogging.

Cross the Canadian Border.

I made the list, changed things here and there, gradually started crossing things off, and then my life took a turn for the surreal.

Make 1,000 lovely things.

Intel has decided to sponsor my life list.

I told you your jaw would hit the floor. I’ve known for months, and my brain is still catching up. So! How did this happen? I’ll tell you the full story in a couple of days, but here’s the gyst.

Intel started this Sponsors of Tomorrow campaign, it’s the one you’ve seen on The Tonight Show, and the one with the geek rockstar ads that have been making rounds online. As part of the campaign, they asked me to choose ten things I thought I could accomplish in the next three months, and then told me to go do them — they’d pick up the check.

Cut to me at the Oscar podium dipping Halle Barry and kissing her full on the mouth.

And so, Mighty Girl is about to get more interesting, and slightly more frantic. My designer friend Helen Jane Hearn came out of blog-design retirement to help me with a beloved new look for Mighty Girl, which will launch Wednesday. I will not be sleeping between now and then.

Next week, I leave for Puerto Rico to swim with bioluminescent plankton. In between I’m taking tap lessons with John Kloss, Founder of Stepology and patron saint of patience.

I need a nap, but I couldn’t be happier. I’m the stupid kind of happy, the let-the-toddler-eat-an-entire-bar-of-chocolate kind of happy. And here’s what’s happening in my head:

In my head all of you are with me in some ludicrous warehouse space, screaming, jumping up and down, blowing celebratory horns, and ducking champagne corks. This Very Good Thing that’s happening, it’s happening because of you. So thank you.


206 Responses to “Turns Out My Fairy Godmother Wears a Clean-Suit”

  • Vashti Says:

    You’ve just given me one more reason to really, really love my job. If my company will sponsor something this awesome, how can I help but love it here?

  • Meegan Says:

    OH MY GOSH THAT IS AMAZING!! Like, holy shit f-bomb amazing. Congratulations. (And, if I may…pyramids @ sunset, ride a camel in the desert, croissant @ French cafe, linguica in Portugal, attend tomatila in spain, whiskey in Ireland, help someone get into college…sounds like you’ve started some others without consultation..ha). I’m wondering if, upon completion of this AMAZING project, you might just meet Ms. O! So cool, Maggie. So happy for you.

  • Britt Says:


    This could not happen to a more fantastic woman. Enjoy! We’ll be loving it vicariously!

  • Bonnie B. Says:

    Holy Mother of Abraham Lincoln!! That’s COOL news!! And it couldn’t happen to a more delightful blogger. I love reading your site and it will be even more fun (if that’s possible) now. Congratulations Mighty Girl!!

  • Lynne Says:

    Fan-freaking-tastic! Such a very MIGHTY day! Incidentally, if you need a crowd to complete any of your chosen 10 I’d be willing to let Intel put me on plane at a moment (or two’s) notice. Because somewhere near the tippy top of my Mighty Life List (a work in progress) is to meet you someday.

  • Kelly Says:

    Holy SHIT Maggie!!!! I absolutely did what you said.. jaw drop..said “huh? wtf? WHAT!” and did a little jig on your behalf. Amazing, and we’ll be rejoicing with you in the stands. AND if you host a party when he fruit trees bloom, perhaps an invite to those of us from the cold East of Canada complete with plane tickets complements of Intel..hehe.. (My coworkers are regularly in your area but no one ever wants to see the CFO; damn designers!) Intel suddenly ROCKS as a brand in my opinion. Wonderful Maggie, I’m just thrilled for you.

  • Cheri Says:

    I have been eyeing your list for like ever now thinking I should start one too. I am going to start it tonight! So inspirational. And, of course, congrats!

  • NinaPetrovna Says:

    Oh my God that is the most fantastic thing ever! Congratulations! I have read this site for ages and never posted a comment, but I have started my own Mighty Life list because of you and it has really helped me to focus and be happier, and I think of you with gratitude for that. I hope you have the most wonderful time fulfilling ten of your dreams!

  • Mel Says:

    Wow, that’s amazing! So happy for you :) Time for me to write my own list…

  • amy Says:

    this whole internet thing is wicked cool. :) congrats girl. Yr mighty! You deserve it! Dream big.

  • nelking Says:

    In life you just never know where it’ll come from. Congratulations for dreaming big!

  • amy Says:

    oh and do one thing that rocks out for others too!!!! Think hard! Like how jesus fed all those folks or something. you know. do something amazing.

  • Mandee Says:

    How amazing! And fantastic! And well deserved! And proof that when you put yourself out there–vulnerabilities and all–good things happen.

    Have a great time! And I am jumping up and down and pouring myself another glass of rose (although not simultaneously)!

  • M Says:

    Oh my goodness! This couldn’t be happening to a more deserving, appreciative person! I actually just shut my eyes tight and clapped for you! Maggie, this is the best. I can’t wait to read what you write…

  • Erin N. Says:

    That is soo cool!

  • vanessa Says:

    Wow. I’m choked up. That is just wonderful and inspiring. I can’t wait for the adventure. Go, Maggie!!!!

  • Susie Says:

    If you build it…
    Seriously, this is awesome and you totally deserve it.

  • Long Story Longer Says:

    Holy shit. That is amazing! Congratulations and we’re going to have a hell of a time reading about it, I just know it.

  • Melissa Says:


    so great for you (and for all your readers, too)

  • jewelee Says:

    It could not have happened to a nice blogger. Zowee!

  • Megan Says:

    Please tell me “Go a day without speaking” and “Rewire a lamp” are not among the 10 things. But we know you’ll use your best judgment.

    Go to it!

  • Emily Says:

    How awesome! It couldn’t have happened to a better blogger, honestly. Kudos!

  • Ariel Says:

    I love love love this! You are the best person for this to happen to – you’ll write about it so vividly so as to both bring all your readers along and inspire us as well! xoxo.

  • Miss B Says:

    I am so hand-clappingly delighted for you I don’t even have words for it.

    You are the mightiest (or The Mightiest, even)!

    Blowing you congratulatory kisses through the ether…

  • dcfullest Says:

    I am so jealous!

    Will they pick up the bill for “owning land” and “live in house with a window seat”– if so, looks like now is the time to buy a house!

  • Amy Says:

    ROCK IT, MAGGS! Sorry, is it okay if I nickname you? I am moshing amid corks with you – high fives!

  • Jen Says:


  • Nichole Says:

    So, so fantastic!! I’m just thrilled for you.

  • Jen Says:

    Congratulations. That’s so amazing. Now, go knock out some of the items on list that are Alaska based. I went last summer with my fam and it was amazing and life changing. You won’t regret it.

  • Laura Jane Says:

    Maggie, this is just incredible and so completely well-deserved. You are a delight to read and an inspiration to many on several fronts. Mazel tov, lady.

    Pass along to Intel that if they want to sponsor my trip to from Milwaukee to San Francisco to help you blow those bubbles on the bridge, I’d be just pleased as punch to oblige.

  • Lindsey @ I Run in Heels Says:

    This gave me chills just reading it! I’m starting my list tonight. I’m doing cartwheels down the hall just thinking about the life-altering experiences you’ll get to have courtesy of Intel. (Well, you know, if I could do cartwheels).

  • Meg Says:

    What an amazing, terrific, wonderful, fantastic, hot-damn-whoooo-hoooo experience. I’m so happy for you!

    I never post, but had to come out of lurk mode for this one. Have a great time!

    Am feeling all happy that “I knew her when” I have a feeling this website’s about to get a hell of a lot more traffic. Must tamp down the feelings of “mine, mine, mine” and prepare to share you with a much larger audience!


  • Stella Says:

    HOLY SHIT! Congratulations, that is truly wonderful…I haven’t put up my life list on my blog yet because I’m not done. But, thankfully, several things have already been crossed off! So you are definitely an inspiration :)

    And, by the way, if you ever want to hang out with a Puerto Rican or two when you’re over here, drop me an e-mail. I’ve never been to Vieques (always wanted to go though), but I can definitely offer some good non-tourist trap tips for getting around on the mainland! :)

  • Sarah Says:

    That’s super awesome! Congrats and enjoy!

  • theambershow Says:

    Wait, so you get to pick ANYTHING?! I suggest you have them buy you that window seat house!

    Enjoy the plankton. They’re so beautiful.

  • Candice Says:

    Wow, that’s amazing!!! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read all about it all!

  • Debbie Says:

    I’m so happy for you! That is just RAD. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read about your ten free things! :) (Make sure you pick the most expensive ones! Perhaps you should change it to “The Best Filet Mignon in Paris” instead of just a croissant! :)

  • Jessica Says:

    They picked the perfect person for this! How amazing! Congrats Maggie! You have and continue to inspire me to live a fun & mighty life!

  • Aryn Says:

    WOW! I’m so amazingly happy for you and I only read your blog! I can’t imagine all of the happiness and excitement you must be surrounded with right now!

  • tara Says:

    le awesome!

  • John Says:

    WOWOWOWOW! That is freakin’ amazing. You rock so hard.

  • Leah Says:

    I can’t wait to read about it :-) Here’s to adventure!

  • Jane Says:

    Ok, I have never commented, but as I was thinking about how amazing this opportunity is (and how nice it is when amazing things happen to amazing people!) it occurred to me that many of your list items require some thought and preparation and even research, and wouldn’t it be lovely for that process to be documented in a, well, documentary (not to be confused with “reality tv show”). And, um, if that was already part of the plan, then disregard my !original! idea.

    I am rereading your list and wondering….”however will she pick?”

  • Melissa Says:

    That is AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to read about your excellent adventures…

  • Jenni Says:

    Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! This is such great news. I can’t wait to wait to see what you choose and how you get this done. Seriously, how awesome! Yay!

  • Maggie Says:

    Fabulous. Truly fabulous. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • Christine Says:

    Oh my God! That is incredible. Congratulations. :) I am SO totally creating my own 100 things to do list now!!

  • Rebecca Says:

    OMG! That is so amazing! So crazy! I just was screaming at my husband that he would not believe this. I can’t believe it! That is so utterly cool, I can’t wait to find out what other items you picked to accomplish!

  • Ari Says:

    Congratulations, Maggie!

  • Molly Chase Says:

    Ooooh, I can’t wait to see what you do.

  • Christian Says:

    Congrats! This is such great news, and I am thrilled for you. Can’t wait to follow the action!

  • K. Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! That is so AMAZING…I am so glad to be following your blog so I can live vicariously through you! You inspired me to write my own list a while back, mine is “101 things to do before I die”…it’s so nice that dreams really do come true!!! :)

  • bethany actually Says:

    WOW. Have fun swimming with the bioluminescent plankton!!! And ditto jewelee, couldn’t have happened to a nicer blogger. :-)

  • ~beautyandjoy~ Says:

    So inspiring!

  • Liz Says:

    You know what? You are absolutely the person who should get this. You and your list are an inspiration. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • Melisa Says:

    That’s freakin awesome!!! Congratulations!!!

  • heather Says:

    I was just at the Angelica in NYC waiting for Whatever Works to start, and my friend Kristi leans over and says, I wonder what Maggie’s big news is? And I said, I KNOW! And though I feel like a nut nut writing a comment to someone I don’t know – I have to say congrats. Cause the NYC girls think you are one cool lady. Oprah would be proud!

  • Luisa Says:

    Hoooray! that is so totally awesome and I’m jumping up and down for you from over here! Can’t wait to read about it all!

  • jacy Says:

    holy shit…here’s to me living vicariously through you, yet AGAIN! way to go!

  • cjh Says:

    This is ridiculous. I can’t believe it either. Woohoo for you! If it were my list, I’d be having them figure out how to get me in with the Dalai Lama…

  • Amy Says:

    Wow! Congratulations! What an amazing opportunity!

  • hi kooky Says:

    That ROCKS! Mind-blowingly so! Oh my goodness, ENJOY.

  • amy Says:

    That is so RAD!!! Congrats & I can’t wait to follow along … I have started my own albeit very short list. A grand idea & thank you for the inspiration! Yay!

  • amy Says:

    Oh yeah, my jaw dropped literally as I read that first sentence … whoo-effen-hoo!

  • lyz Says:

    and some days I effing love corporate america! Go maggie!

  • Lulu Says:

    As if I needed more reasons to read your site every day!

    Today was really not going well, lots of things not going as expected, many unproductive hours, but reading this news turned the day around and made me happy: happy for you, happy for me (I’ll get to read about your experiences), and happy generally, just enjoying the proof that sometimes things work out in unexpected and delightful ways. Count me in as a reveler in the virtual warehouse space of celebration!

  • mags Says:

    Fuckin Rad

  • jana Says:

    Holy crap! Holy crap! This is amazing. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

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  • Elizabeth Says:

    Maggie, I’ve been reading your blog for years, and you always seem to make the most beautiful things happen around you. I am so happy for you! Also, if you’re taking applications, I would love your help getting from a city college into Northwestern to finish my bachelor’s degree.

  • LPC Says:

    Actually I’m jealous and I hate you but that matters not one whit. Enjoy.

  • whoorl Says:

    Unbelievable! I can’t wait to see what you have in store.

  • Jean-Ann Says:

    Maggie you so deserve this! Thanks for inspiring so many of us! I can’t wait to see what you pick to cross off your list over the next 90 days! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  • steph Says:

    awww Maggie! That is awesome! so happy for you!

  • ElJay Says:

    Wow, wow, wow. That is incredible. Way to go Intel!

    I keep reading through the list thinking of which ones I hope you pick. I’m sad that it’s past spring and the fruit trees aren’t in bloom any more, because I would have loved to see what kind of party you would have thrown with that kind of budget. I hope you get the portrait done, because I’d love to see it, along with the one of your grandmother. And I hope you go to Antarctica. :D Because really, if someone else is picking up the tab? That’s the one that’s going to take boatloads of money that would be hard to justify otherwise. But mostly I can’t wait to see what you pick and how much you enjoy it. What a crazy three months it’s going to be!

  • Jennifer C Says:

    OMG I can’t believe it! seriously, couldn’t happen to a nicer broad…

  • Rachel Says:

    Oh my gosh. I started a life list just a few weeks ago because of yours, since I wanted to dream bigger too. Congratulations! You’re an amazing writer and this couldn’t have happened to a more lovely lady.

  • Meg Says:

    Congratulations! You, and your List, are awesome, and we’re all waiting to hear about it!

  • amy Says:

    WHOOOOT!!!!! I look forward to reading of your adventures!

  • Leah Says:

    The view in your head? that’s absoLUTEly what I’m doing – jumping up and down for you.
    Wow – I can’t wait to read about it. You go, girl!

  • Kimba Says:

    WHATEVER. I cannot contain my jealousy! Can’t wait to read about it!

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  • Jolie Says:

    Wow! I’m so impressed! Yay, you!

  • Lindy Says:

    you lucky b*tch!!(said in my most supportive non-catty SQUEEEEEE voice)There will be pictures. right. right?!?!?!!

  • Sam Says:

    Yay, Maggie! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see what happens.

  • Jen Says:

    Maggie! This is so exciting! I’m so inspired that I made my very own Feast of Life list tonight! http://tinyurl.com/lcmyxu

    Can’t WAIT to hear about the tap dancing!

  • Rebecca (Bearca) Says:

    Wow. Congratulations! That is awesome news. So exciting!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Unbelievable – how absolutely fantastic!

    Are you going to write a $1M cheque to charity?

    Could you just imagine!

  • Yolanda Says:

    What a testament to loving one’s self enough to believe in possibility and to watch it manifest itself in ways you never could have imagined. You’re mighty, indeed. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • ana Says:

    amazing!!! Lots of pictures please. And good for you Intel

  • Anna Says:

    I am so excited to read more about how this happened and what 10 you picked! And, yes, pictures please.

  • beyond Says:

    so cool! amazing. i am very happy for you.

  • Bonita Says:

    I cried. Two tears actually rolled down my cheeks. Then I read it aloud to my husband and he welled up, too. Holy crap! It’s fantastic!!

    Maggie, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, but I’ve never commented. We met when Bryan was taking Hank (8 months old??) to swim lessons and my son was in the class at the other end of the pool. I’m so thrilled for you and I can’t wait to see what you choose! Have a ball!!

  • Maggie Says:

    Such wonderful news! Congrats! I can’t wait for all of the amazing posts to come!

  • Emmy Says:

    Yes Maggie! Yes! They picked the perfect person for this. Not only will you throw yourself into it but you will record it with accuracy and humour. Just thrilled for you and vicariously, for us your readers.

  • Kelly Says:

    Congrats! Your life list is an inspiration and it will be really cool to hear about your “10 things” experience.

    I’m curious – where is the church made out of bones? Is it near Prague?

  • wheezer345 Says:

    Cool! Take plenty of pictures!

  • Megan Says:

    That’s a really cool idea. Now you have “Intel inside” your blog ;-). If these are the kinds of partnerships they’re starting to strike up, well then maybe I can look at them with new eyes.

    Maybe you can do a little dancin Matt video once you’ve learned to tap?

    Have a LOT of fun. Can’t wait to watch it unfold.

    Hat’s off, Intel. Not bad.

  • Jen Says:

    So amazing and well deserved! Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

  • Megan Says:

    …sadly it’s a bit hot to go there for the next few months or I’d tell you to ride that camel in the deserts of Oman. It’s a bit too sticky hot right now, though by September… hmm perhaps.

  • Boulder Says:

    Congratulations to you! Be audacious in your selection of the ones to know off the list!

    (Also, totally green with envy – in a most excellent way.)

  • Bea Says:

    This is better than winning the lottery! (Because, with cash I suspect most of us would feel obligated to pay off a mortgage or something equally dull).
    Well done you! Can’t wait to hear about the adventures!!

  • soppho Says:

    Right, so is it too late for you to sneak something like “lunar landing” onto your list? It’s been there the whole time–we swear!

    Congrats, I can’t wait to hear and see all about it.

  • shan Says:

    there best be lots o pictures!!!!

    : )

    haaaave fuuuunnnnn!

  • Elise Says:

    Cool! Such a perfect example of manifesting destiny, Oprah would be so proud.

  • Christy Says:

    Amazing! Have so much fun. Even though it’s happening in a hurry, enjoy every minute! Focus on the thing you are doing while you are doing it. This is a tremendous opportunity.

  • ashley Says:

    Holy crap! That is awesome! I have a list on my blog too. Not 100 things, but a bunch. I’ve actually accomplished a few.

  • Sam Says:

    OMG – that’s huge! Congratulations

  • Candice Says:

    AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to read all about this!!!

  • Lisa Says:

    Wow. Congratulations! I just stumbled onto your blog recently and I can’t wait to read more about your adventures with Intel!

  • Kristin Fradette Says:

    Wow! What an oppurtunity! I can’t wait to hear all about it! Intel Rocks!

  • Maggie Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I can’t *WAIT* to read all about it!!!!!!

  • Sarah Says:

    Yay Intel! Congratulations! Did they give you any stipulations on the goals you could choose, because I see you have “write a MILLION DOLLAR CHECK to charity” on your list! :faints: lol
    Seriously, congratulations! What an awesome opportunity!

  • patricia Says:

    This is ridiculously fantastic news. Congratulations! <3

  • jjzach Says:

    I’m so happy for you! I was inspired by your list and am thrilled that you will be spreading this positive energy further thanks to Intel. I spy an opening to meet Ms. Winfrey through this campaign.

  • Renee Says:

    I’m so excited for you! I love reading your site and nobody would be better to blog about the experience than you. It sounds cheesy but it’s proof that dreams can come true. Thanks so much!

  • Lucia Says:

    Congratulations Maggie! Could not have happened to a better gal. Best of luck! Namaste.

  • Sassafras Mama Says:

    Mega Congrats! That’s ever so exciting. I can’t wait to read what you do.

    And if you opt to the drive-across-country (which I highly recommend), I’ll happily throw a celebration party in New Jersey :).

  • robyn Says:

    holy cow maggie, that’s tremendous! i’m totally in that warehouse with you, jumping up and down and crying and laughing and screaming with joy. what an amazing gift!

  • Emily Says:

    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Love reading your blog and am definitely looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

  • Cindy Says:

    That is AWESOME! I am so excited for you. Bio luminescent plankton! Enjoy it all. Every single moment of it.

  • shokufeh Says:

    Amazing. What a grand lesson in thinking big. I think it will inspire all of us to do the same.

  • Jen Says:

    No, it’s happening because of you being ballsy and encouraging us all be ballsy with you. You’re a rockstar; I can’t wait to follow allow with the fun!

  • Julie Says:

    Wow. Simply amazing! Congrats – you deserve this. Can’t wait to read all about your adventures. I’m inspired to work on my own Mighty List!!

  • Jenny Says:

    Fantastic news! I love reading your blog and keeping up with your list… ENJOY!

  • Joelle Says:

    Simply amazing. A wee bit jealous, but your adventures will certainly be an inspiration…thanks to your life list, I went back to 43things and started sorting, adding, reordering…and doing.

    Do you think they’d let you build a house for one of your “Make 1000 Lovely Things”? Because that’s one on my list…and it is truly a big dream type of project…

  • Joelle Says:

    Oh, and the biggest food fight in the world is coming up in August…the Tomatina in Bunol…you could go to Spain!!!

  • Megan Says:

    I’m so excited for you! This really is amazing. I can’t wait to read all about it!

  • samantha jo campen Says:

    I could cry for you that is so fantasic! What an accomplishment! Can’t wait to hear about your memories!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Heather Says:

    OMG – THRILLED for you! How FANTASTIC! And what an amazing thing for Intel to do…..particularly in this crazy time! I love your list and can’t wait to see how it all unfolds! Congrats!

  • Meg Says:

    Holy Moly Maggie. Congratulations!!!!!!!

  • Andrea Says:

    That is amazing! I can’t wait to read all about it. As I’ve been cutting down on my blog reading, you are the one I keep coming back to read because you really inspire me. Congratulations! Well deserved!

  • alison Says:

    Congratulations…yeah, simply congratulations! It couldn’t happen to a better blogger!

  • Kate Says:

    OMG. That is incredible. Can’t wait to read about all your adventures. :)

  • Grammar Snob Says:

    Maggie!!!! This is sweet news! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. SO FABULOUS!

  • Heather B. Says:

    Dude. You’re going to meet Ms. Winfrey!

  • Vicky Says:

    ROCK ON!!!! You are THE BEST!!! Hugs all around! You are a constant inspiration to me. I wish I had bigger words to tell you that. Seriously.

  • Jennifluff Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you! The universe is being quite nice too you…I agree…your teeth are a small price to pay for all of this greatness!

  • steph Says:

    Oh my god Maggie – that gave me chills… It’s like a dream! HOW DID YOU PICK THE 10 THINGS?! GAH, that is absolutely the hardest part. Can’t wait to watch… and live vicariously.

  • Kat Says:

    So exciting!!!

    And like everyone else said, HOW did you pick?

  • clair Says:

    So awesome. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read about your adventures. When do you start blowing celebratory bubbles off the Bridge?

  • Annabelle Says:

    You are Mighty, indeed!

  • Emily Says:

    Whoa, this is so amazing and from Intel, a company I never would have expected to do something like this! Just the other week, day dreaming my own mighty list became my evening commute activity on MUNI. Let me know if you need someone to join you on the bridge to blow bubbles!

  • kate2.0 Says:

    Utterly amazing! So fabulous! And I absolutely can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. My pragmatic mind needs these reminders to dream big. :)

  • Lorie Says:

    Maggie! WOW! You sooooo deserve this and I don’t even know you. But making that list put the wheels in motion and I can’t wait to see the pictures and hear the stories on this awesome journey!
    I do hope that you are ending the 3 months with blowing bubbles with random people from the Golden Gate Bridge!
    Best wishes and safe travels,

  • Alyce Says:

    This is incredible news. Congratulations.

    I look forward to hearing more about it, namely, how ever did you select the 10 things?!

  • Lindsay Says:

    My heart is doing somersaults in your honor! Wow, wow, wow. Amazing!!!

  • Sharon Says:

    Looking forward to the photos, you lucky duck!

  • Pattie Says:

    Congratulations to you!! I can’t wait to see what fun adventures you get to do!! Maybe one of the 10 things is surprising one of your readers and taking her on a shopping spree. Hey, I can dream too!!

  • leandra Says:

    Absolutely awesome! I cannot wait to see which ten things you decide to do! I would scream and jump around if I were the sort of person who does that sort of thing. ;)

  • kimberly Says:

    Congratulations! This could not happen to a more deserving person!!

  • Rhonda Says:

    Get busy living, sister! Holy wow, what a super fantastic opportunity. You inspire us all, you so deserve this!

  • Meg Says:

    Oh god! You should totally have us all get together on the bridge and blow bubbles celebration at the end!!!!!! That could be the 11th thing, the final coda of the project.

  • jessamyn Says:

    Mazel tov. Ping me if you need biobay contacts, I have some friends down in PR. Enjoy every minute.

  • Auntie Says:

    Congrats Sweetie! How amazing! It’s Karma. You are getting paid back for being a good person in spite of the crap handed to you in life. Can’t wait to hear all about it!!!

  • Sarah Says:

    Cool! When you decide to cross Canopy Tour off your list, you should head over to Santa Cruz. There is a fairly new redwood canopy tour that is unique and fun :)


  • Sarah Says:

    (And if you decide to go on the tour, you should ask for Phil as one of your tour guides.)

  • cate Says:

    maggie! congratulations! that’s like being given the keys to the awesomest, fastest car in the world that can fly and swim and become invisible when necessary. go you!
    stay at the el convento in PR. you won’t regret it. walking in old san juan at night, down the el morro, is an evening you will always remember.

  • sara Says:

    holy mother of pearl. i am so excited for you. now i have that damned intel song in my head.

  • Franca Bollo Says:

    Oh, 113 beat me to the $1,000,000 check! Intel could cover it. You are your own rainmaker. Congratulations!

  • Kerri. Says:

    That is remarkable – congrats!!!! :D Enjoy every moment!!!

  • Susan Says:

    Aww, that’s so cool. Go Mighty Maggie!

  • Amanda Says:

    Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! MAGGIE MAGGIE MAGGIE!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS and also CONGRATULATIONS and also HOOOORAYYY!

    Way to dream big, lady. Seriously.

  • Stacey Ball Says:

    That is absolutely fantastic. I can’t even imagine the possibilities with an opportunity like this. I can’t WAIT to see what items you choose. Oh goodness, what an adventure!

  • Cheri L Says:

    I am absurdly antsy to know the other 7 things, Maggie! Please tell us soon . . . please o please o please.

    In the mysterious way of these internets, the personal camaraderie and good will one feels for people one doesn’t really know is in full force right now. I’m so completely happy for you . . . just really really delighted. Maybe I’ll hoof it over to the Golden Gate Bridge & blow a few bubbles in your honor, and in honor of dreaming big big dreams, and seeing them come true.

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  • Lori Paximadis Says:

    Wow-wow-wow! Enjoy every minute of it.

  • Krystyn (Squaregirl) Says:

    That’s so awesome! Goog things _do_ happen to good people. Enjoy your adventure.

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  • Stephanie Says:

    That is so awesome! Congrats!

  • Jet Says:

    Maggie, I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and I think they’ve chosen the perfect person to have these experiences! I look forward to living vicariously through your posts! Congratulations!

  • Courtney P Says:

    I look so forward to reading about your escapades!

  • Accidental Olympian Says:

    What an amazing adventure! I can’t wait to hear all the stories. I should make up my list…

  • Desiree Says:

    I’ve been following your blog for nearly a decade and this news feels like it happened to a dear friend who deserves nothing less. In a way, it has. Congratulations and best wishes for your mighty life.

  • hippittee Says:

    goodness gracious, that’s just awesome! for you and for us…because your writing is so open and gracious, I often feel as though I am right there with you…

  • Brenda Says:

    Congratulations! That is phenomenal– I can’t wait to vicariously join you on all these adventures!

  • Narineh Says:

    you inspire me. thank you!

  • Jenny Says:

    FABULOUS!! And way to go picking swimming with bioluminous plankton as one of the things to do right away! That is an item on my list too (did we both read The Beach?) and I WISH I could have someone foot the bill to send me to do it! Good for you darling, it couldn’t have happened to a more awesome woman. I can’t wait to read about your experience! By the way, you’re taking an underwater camera, right?? :)

  • Kristina Says:

    My first reaction was: “HOLLA!” No idea why. But I cannot wait to see what you end up doing.

  • Beth Says:

    What in the world is a “clean-suit” ?

  • Annie Sorensen Says:

    Maggie, I am completely in awe right now. What an unbelievable opportunity, I cannot be happier for you!! I have had a life list for years and am overwhelmed with thoughts of which items I’d choose if in your situation.

    I’m a long-time reader and have never commented, but absolutely couldn’t contain myself today. This post killed my productivity for the rest of the day but WHO CARES it’s worth it. :) Congrats again. Wooo! What a life you have manifested for yourself!!

  • Haley Says:

    If only you’d written “Open a Swiss bank account in Switzerland with $1,000,000 in it.”

    Seriously, though, this is fantastic. Lucky you!

  • Emily Says:

    Congratulation, this is so exciting!
    When I first read your list I made my own “bucket list” of sorts. Very inspirational–I can’t wait to read all about your adventures! :)

  • shoppingsmycardio Says:

    oh wow, what an amazing opportunity!! live your bliss, mighty girl…can’t wait to see how this all turns out!

  • QoB Says:

    that is incredible. well done you.
    your list inspired me to make my own: currently only has 27 items, but i’m working on it:)
    will you learn to dive while in Puerto Rico??? do it. it’s awesome.
    also if you’re ever coming to Ireland, pls to post it so I can stalk you from afar and possibly ply you with whiskey!:)

  • anh-minh Says:

    INSANE! Congrats on everything! Looking forward to reading all about your adventures/awesome experiences.

  • emily Says:

    huh. you’re nice and all, but… live it up, i guess, since you are so insanely fortunate. i hope you can add some public service to your list so other people can benefit from this good fortune instead of just reading you gloat

  • Laura Says:

    *jumping up and down, screaming with you* OMG. That is the coolest, coolest thing EVER! Yaaaaay!

  • shannon Says:

    Wooooohoooo! That is so amazing! Can’t wait to find out what your 10 things are!

  • Andee Says:

    So, so inspirational. Look what you have created! This is ALL you, congrats.

  • Emily Says:

    Awesome Maggie. This just goes to show you that people need to just freaking do what they want to do. You felt like writing the list, you wrote the list, you did things on the list, and will keep doing those things. You are an inspiration to all of us!!! :)

  • Kate Says:

    I totally squealed out loud when I read that. I hope you have an amazing time and can’t wait to read all about it and see some great photos! Cheers!

  • Cristina Says:

    My jaw it the floor. Well ok, my desk. This couldn’t happen to a better I-don’t-know-personally better blogger. Kudos! I look forward to reading about your adventures. Is it too late to add “Take a total stranger (Cristina Arroyo) along on my adventures” to the list?

  • Linda Says:

    How utterly wonderful!

  • Nikki Says:

    Enjoy and tell us ALLLLLLL about it! Congrats to you and thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  • Rebecca Says:

    This is really fantastic! I hope you ask for the million dollar charity check!! I’ve started my list. It’s harder than I thought it would be! It took me about 45 minutes to do 25 :)

  • Narami Says:

    Maggie!!! I’ve been reading you for years from PUERTO RICO!!! Your life will change in the bioluminescent lagoon. SERIOUSLY. Which one are you visiting? (We have three!)You have to visit El Yunque. Make sure you eat frituras. Go to Ponce. I think you’ll like it here :o)
    I know it’s unlikely but if you want to ask anything or check anything here… (I actually have contacts for great tours in all the lagoons) or if you want another guide, for free… xo), you can email me.

  • Jenni Says:

    Oh, this is just wonderful! It makes me feel that all is right in the world. You SHOULD be able to tackle your life list! We all should! I am inspired to go forth and live my life even more fully!

  • Leah Says:

    You have always been an inspiration, Maggie. I can’t wait to see what’s next, and next, and next, and next…

  • Gloria Chen Says:

    Oh my Mighty God. This is Mighty good. What else on that list of yours will you tackle for your ten? Please pick blowing bubbles off Golden Gate Bridge, make an Mighty awesome party of it and let Intel pick up the tabs. I will be there with two-fisted bubble blowers.

  • marrije Says:

    Wow, that is amazing! Wonderful :-)

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    You are wonderful and you deserve every good thing that comes your way. Thanks for the continued inspiration, the fun read and the great photos. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • ambika Says:

    Your list was totally inspiring for me so I’m thrilled you get to do this. Believe me, totally blowing horns in celebration.

  • jessica Says:

    oh yes, i’m cheering for you! congratulations! i’m so excited for all the soon-to-come posts…..

  • Kim Says:

    That is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see which ones you’ll do while bank rolled :)
    You’re truly inspiring, lady.

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